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Debut novelist Alsaid follows seventeen-year-old Leila cross country in her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Along the way, she meets four young people who are changed by Leila's presence. At once familiar and time-honored, but with a structural twist, this road trip novel is full of coming of age characters brimming with possibility. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
Gray squirrel Jed tells of a harrowing time in his youth when he was captured by a hawk, escaped, and discovered that humans were clearing the area around "buzzpaths" (utility wires) and would soon destroy his neighborhood. Jeb and the friends who followed him have to find their way back home and then convince the other squirrels (realistically distractible and parochial) to move in time. This humorous quest adventure, framed by an encounter with a human with a peanut butter sandwich, is an appealing tale of friendship and the power of story, with true to life natural history and environmental concerns. 7-10. K. Isaacs
Finn has epilepsy and a weird scar from when a dead horse fell on him, but he tries not to let that get him down. Over the course of this book he meets a beautiful girl, goes on a fateful road trip with his best friend, and comes to terms with the fact that he shares a name with a character in his father’s best-selling science fiction novel. Hilarious and emotionally satisfying. Fourteen and up. Michelle Miller (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
This succinct triple biography of the famous Wyeths hits all the highlights of their artistic and personal lives. Fascinating portraits of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie are interspersed with vivid reproductions of some of their best-known works. The unconventional educations and painting style variations of each of the men are clearly explained. Ten to Fourteen.